Spend ‘5 Minutes With’ here with Jake Nieto and you’ll walk away with a few pieces of career advice that will brighten your outlook.
This change management expert consistently strives to reach his highest potential–earlier this year he completed Officer Candidate School and became an officer in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard!
Keep reading to learn more about Jake and who he is as a person past his military career and bio on our website. Read through til the end to see if you have a favorite TV show in common!
What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?
My family and I are very active when it comes to planning trips or events on weekends and days off. I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughters traveling to see family or just playing in the backyard! I also love getting together with friends and family to enjoy holidays and sporting events.
What was the last thing you read?
The last book I read was ‘The Wisdom of The Bullfrog’ by Admiral William H McRaven (Ret.). In this book, he goes through 18 different mantras from various services and speaks to experiences he has had both as a civilian and in 40 years as a Navy SEAL. I took away so many leadership qualities from this book that I hope to mirror at Greencastle and as I continue my military service.
Who or what inspires you in your career?
My biggest source of inspiration is my wife and two daughters. Every day I do my best to become a better dad, husband, airman, consultant, leader, and person. I know that working hard in my career will create opportunities for us and provide a source of inspiration for my daughters as they grow older!
What’s the first thing you do after getting home from work?
In the Spring/Summer when I get home from work my family will spend some time outside enjoying the weather before we begin dinner. In the winter we will spend as much time as we can, if any, outside before caving in and throwing on a holiday movie while making dinner!
What was the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?
I am fortunate enough to have mentors who I rely on to be both honest and transparent with me, especially in times of adversity. Here are a few pieces of advice I have received from them that I feel were very impactful in my life:
-Comparison is the thief of joy, do not compare yourself to others by forgetting what you have accomplished to get you where you are
-Excellence is not a destination rather a constant ‘north star’, wake up every day and take strides towards being excellent
-You can learn something from every single person you meet in your life, do not waste an interaction or opportunity by thinking you are the smartest person in the room
-No matter the task, strive to be the best and give 100%
What podcast should we listen to? Or TV show we should watch?
I listen to a few different podcasts – Pat McAfee Show, Shawn Ryan Show, Joe Rogan Experience, and sometimes I’ll listen to an audio book! Outside of football and baseball I don’t get to watch TV shows other than what my daughters are into (a lot of Mickey Mouse, Bluey, Bubble Guppies, PJ Masks, Miss Rachel, etc.), but here are a few of my all time favorites:
-Parks and Recreation
-Band of Brothers